Ronan O’Gara believes Mike Prendergast will be a success at Munster, not only due to his rugby knowledge but because of his affable personality.
Prendergast will take on the role of Munster’s attack coach next season after signing a three-year contract with his native province, having built up an impressive CV while working in France.
The Limerick man is currently Racing 92’s backs coach, where he has been credited for the side’s impressive attacking displays by out-half Finn Russell, while he has also worked with Grenoble, Oyonnax and Stade Francais.
O’Gara was writing in his column for the Irish Examiner about his former Munster team mate and was highly complimentary of the province for securing Prendergast’s services.
Ronan O’Gara on Mike Prendergast’s return to Munster.
“Mike Prendergast will be able to take in the game [Munster vs Toulouse], as Racing 92’s quarter-final against Sale is Sunday, and he will do so now with vested eyes,” O’Gara wrote.
“It’s a great piece of business for Munster to secure him as their new attack coach but ultimately, as we’ve intimated before, it comes down to a family decision for Prendy.
“He has accumulated a wealth of experience in the Top 14 and Pro D2 and has a creative body of work under his belt at this stage.
“He will be good on detail and creativity with the Munster players but as importantly, they will relate to him, not just for the fact that he is one of their own, but because his personality makes him easy and enjoyable to work with.”
📢 Munster Rugby are pleased to confirm that Mike Prendergast will join the province as Attack Coach on a three-year contract ahead of the 2022/23 season.
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— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) May 4, 2022
A busy couple of months lie ahead.
While Prendergast’s return to his native province is certainly big news, both him and Munster currently have more pressing matters at hand.
Munster play reigning French and European champions Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday while Racing 92 take on Sale Sharks in their quarter-final encounter.
Racing are the strong favourites to beat Sale and progress to the last four, and they will be desperate to press on and finally win the Champions Cup, having fallen at a late stage in the competition on several occasions in recent years.
A bigger challenge faces Munster in Dublin when they take on Toulouse, although the province’s form has been excellent as of late, while the French club are struggling to achieve the same consistency that saw them win silverware last year.